Metropolitan Montessori School

Metropolitan Montessori School

The Metropolitan Montessori School serves neighborhood children ages three through 12 in a multi-age classroom format. The acquisition of an adjacent five-story building provided the school with an opportunity to support its educational program with a broader and more generous variety of educational spaces, particularly in art, music, foreign language, and STEM programs.

Rogers Partners developed a construction phasing plan to allow the academic and administrative program to continue with minimal disruption.

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The school’s pedagogy is focused on child-led learning and awareness and a connection to the environment. They sought a design that echoed these principles with natural materials, bright, open spaces, and unconventional, flexible spaces, and opportunities for student work.

The new building enables Metropolitan Montessori to reclaim and enhance some of the spaces that have suffered from the overcrowding in their existing school. The lobby becomes the connection and centerpiece of the three distinct buildings, with a double-height area open to a wide stair that ties together the old and the new, while also offering sun-filled gathering and informal work areas.

The program includes mixed-age classrooms, support offices, a dedicated music room, a library/media center and additional administrative spaces. A rooftop addition provides space for a new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) room and expanded art studio.

The design of the signature central stair guardrail was derived from the artwork of second grade students.